Following the certification and government approval on January 18th, the second aircraft from Cargo B will start flights from Brussels to Sao Paulo, Brazil and Latacunga in Ecuador on January 29th. A second weekly flight will start in early February. This aircraft, is also supporting the successful Africa service operated by the first 747F.
The regular services to Libreville, Johannesburg and Nairobi started on the14th of October with two weekly flights from Brussels. In addition to the regular African flights, the airline has operated charter flights to destinations such as Cairo, Lagos, Addis Ababa and Dar es Salam. The second aircraft will provide more capacity for more such charters. In the near future Cargo B will also look at other markets and destinations such as the Middle East, North America and Mexico.
Brussels clearly is an ideal operational cargo hub for both import and export, with efficient road and rail connections as well as a global cargo flight network.
Henny Essenberg was recently appointed as a new member of the Board. He has had over 35 years experience in a wide range of responsibilities and competences within the airline industry.
After his studies in Economics at the Rotterdam University, he joined KLM in 1970 and was, as Vice President Cargo Services (1990-1995), responsible for the world wide operational processes of KLM Cargo with a fleet of 747-combis and 747-freighters, under wet lease contracts for both Martinair and Atlas Air.
He was Managing Director of AIR UK (1995-1998) and KLM Executive Vice President Passenger Business (1999-2004), a position where he was involved in realising the Joint Venture with North West Airlines. Since 2002 his main focus was the merger-project with Air France and the introduction to the SKYTEAM-Alliance. He is currently still active in the airline industry as an independent consultant.
Until September 2007 he was a non-executive director of Kenya Airways.